Essay Week 2: Assignment: To Drill or Not to Drill

Submitted By Shronda-Brooks
Words: 824
Pages: 4

How to best meet energy needs in the United States is a widely debated topic. Some citizens argue that alternative energy sources should be used, while others feel that new power sources should be explored. The dreaded discussion of whether or not to drill for oil in the coastal plain of Alaska is one that arises repeatedly whenever the nation faces energy challenges. However drilling in this region can be particularly harmful to certain animals. More than two hundred and fifty animal species call this region of Alaska home. Specifically, the caribou utilize the coastal plains as a place to give birth to their calves in the spring. Research has provided evidence that pregnant caribou are extremely sensitive to disruptions in the environment; therefore drilling may have an effect on the number of successful births. Among other animals affected are grizzly bears, polar bears, wolves, and millions of bird species. An alternative resolution to the problem would be to use coal and other fossil fuels as primary sources for energy. The United States has plenty of coal reserves and this coal can be used to create electricity. I would have to say that if drilling for oil in Alaska is going to affect wildlife, such as caribou and bears, then why not take advantage of the other abundant resources that can be used for energy as well. The inability to understand how anyone could disregard the habitat of many animals creates a perceptual block for me. Being a lover of all humanity and animals alike has caused me to be against the drilling. However, to overcome perceptual blocks, there may be opportunity for me to further research the issue in order to discover whether or not there are ways to drill that will not drastically affect wildlife. Also there may be cons to depleting the nation’s coal supply. There is a chance that my love for animals has caused me to believe that my choice is the best choice without regard for the opinions of others who may not be as passionate about animals as I am. This could definitely be a habit that would hinder my critical thinking on the topic of energy use.

Content and Development (40 points) Points Earned: 38/40 Additional Comments:

•Your summary was perfect! You provided just enough information that anyone could read this and understand the two sides.
•Great job stating your opinion
•Loved your percpetual blocks/habits that hinder. I think resistance to change is a great one. I am sure many people can relate to feeling this way.
•Good job, I think more research is a great way to overcome habits/perceptual blocks. You provided great sample questions.
•Great job on your process of manipulated by perception. You explained this well.
•Your introduction was excellent
•missing conclusion

All key elements of the assignment are covered in a substantive way, including the following:

• A summary of the issue

• A position on the issue

• An explanation of the perceptual blocks and habits that hinder thinking when looking at the opposing view and defending your own

• Description of what the student can do to overcome those perceptual blocks and habits that are hindering thinking

• Explanation of how thought processes can be manipulated by perception

•Introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews